National Book Award Winners for 2014

Phil Klay has won the Fiction award for his book Redeployment from The Penguin Press/Penguin Group (USA).

Evan Osnos has won the Nonfiction award for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Louise Gluck won the Poetry award for Faithful and Virtuous Night from Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

The Young People’s Literature award went to Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Dreaming from Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan.

via National Book Award Winners for 2014 – GalleyCat.

Building a complete Tweet index

Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets have captured everyday human experiences and major historical events. Our search engine excelled at surfacing breaking news and events in real time, and our search index infrastructure reflected this strong emphasis on recency. But our long-standing goal has been to let people search through every Tweet ever published.

This new infrastructure enables many use cases, providing comprehensive results for entire TV and sports seasons, conferences (#TEDGlobal), industry discussions (#MobilePayments), places, businesses and long-lived hashtag conversations across topics, such as #JapanEarthquake, #Election2012, #ScotlandDecides, #HongKong,#Ferguson and many more. This change will be rolling out to users over the next few days.

Building a complete Tweet index | Twitter Blogs.

‘Vape’ Is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

Breathe in, breathe out. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is: ‘Vape.’

vape, verb: Inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

vape, noun: An electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

According to Oxford Dictionaries editors, use of the word “vape” in 2014 has shot up to more than double its use in 2013. It arrived just in time to fill the gap left by the word “smoking” as many switched to electronic cigarettes, now a multi-million dollar industry. A “vaping lexicon” has sprung up around the word, with phrases like “vape pen” and “vape shop” also increasing in popularity.

‘Vape’ Is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year – Speakeasy – WSJ.